Why the Rear View is the Best View
Ask JLo (or is it Affleck now?) — sometimes that rear view is the best, and juiciest view. But we can’t do more than a cursory glance in the rear view while we’re still trying to frantically focus on where the fuck we are going.
In our Business Owners’ Guide to the Festive Season, we called out that December is often *not the best time* for a proper review because we tend to see things as we are (a bit frazzled and exhausted), rather than as they are. And we encouraged you to just let it go, and instead, book a date in early January for a retrospective and strategic planning session.
Well, January is here, queens! Now you’re feeling a smidgen more relaxed, and have some perspective (and a few Christmas cocktails under your belt) — let’s pause, adjust those rear vision mirrors, and get reflecting.
Why It’s Important to Look Back and How to Do It Right
Sustainability, profitability and longevity in business are built off the back of your capacity to zoom out and see the bigger picture, and then zoom in to take action on things that really move the dial. But when you’re head down bum up all day, it can be really hard to get the perspective you need and see the wood from the weeds.
We need to be deliberate and intentional about taking time to reflect, and giving ourselves the space and time for insights and learning to come to the surface.
Taking a strategic look back on the year that was to figure out what worked, what didn’t, who you loved working with, and who you’d be glad to see the back of is like having a heart-to-heart with your past self, but with actionable takeaways. Because truth be told: you can’t change the past.
The mistakes you’ve made, the floundering you’ve done, the harebrained ideas you haven’t followed through — they’re done, and no amount of coulda, woulda, shoulda can change that. But the real kicker is when you find yourself in the same place, doing the same thing, making the same fuck ups, year after year.
Just like the saying ‘if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there’, investing the time to take stock of how your business is tracking is critical to not making the same mistakes over and over. A hefty part of being a successful and strategic boss lies in your ability to review, reflect and put those juicy learnings into practice. It’s time to celebrate your wins and learn from the losses.
So how the hell do I do that? It’s time for a no-holds-barred session with yourself — digging into last year’s highlights and lowlights.
Celebrate those top wins — how did you make them happen? Embrace the stumbles — what lessons did you learn? And transform these insights into your next big moves.
PS: Our free Slay All Day Workbook has all the questions you need to answer in order to comprehensively look back on the year that was and start planning ahead.